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Claire-Marie Rocke

Claire-Marie Rocke Headshot

MEET YOUR ARTIST

Claire-Marie Rocke (she/her) is a self-taught mixed media artist who loves to capture the world’s infinite beauty in all its forms. This is her first show. She plans to graduate from USF with a Biology degree and continue to use art as personal therapy.

ARTIST STATEMENT

These pieces attempt to illustrate the beauty and complexity of the human experience. The portraits seek to capture expressions and auras stamped in the artist's memory. "Cleopatra," in particular, is a drawing of the artist's mother right before Claire-Marie’s mom underwent breast cancer treatment. They all showcase strong, resilient Black women whether they put on a smile while caring for their families, push their bodies to the breaking point for the sake of dance, or grapple with the sadness and fear trapped in their eyes in private, but pose prettily in public. Similarly, "Forbidden fruit" explores the role of women but in religious doctrine. It is a visual representation of one of the misogyny tree roots, which encourages the viewer to question their beliefs about sin, blame, and culpability. This is reflected in the scumbling that mirrors the chaos and confusion of the ceaseless fight for equal rights. 

MATERIALS

“Limitless” and “Dae” were done in Procreate using an iPad and Apple Pencil. Pre-set Watercolor and Syrup brushes were used for the former, while charcoal was utilized for the latter. “Forbidden fruit” and “Cleopatra” were done using common office pens on sketch pad paper. 

ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is the inspiration for this current exhibition?
Beauty, strength, and pain are the inspiration for this current exhibition.

What is your process?
I tend to become enamored with faces, poses, and colors to the extent that I am compelled to draw them to capture them forever. I draw inspiration from the people and things around me, whether they are gorgeous photographs on social media or my closest family members.

What are your goals after this year?
I plan to continue pursuing her undergraduate Biology degree at USF to eventually become a geneticist or virologist. I also plan to devote more time to taking art classes to learn the basics.

Limitless

Limitless
2020
Digital

Dae

Dae
2020
Digital

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit
2020
Gel Pen

Cleopatra

Cleopatra
2018
Ballpoint Pen 

 


ABIGALE BROWN

Abigale Brown


MEET YOUR ARTIST

Abigale Brown (she/her) creates digital artworks based on deep thoughts and internal questions. She intends to become a digital cartoonist, specializing in creepy cartoon illustration. Abigale is a second-year student at USF, and her intended graduation year is 2022.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The intent of my show is to provoke viewers into thinking abstractly. Abigale wants her viewers to deeply consider the thoughts and questions posed in her work, and to contrast those ideas with the artwork presented beside it. Abigale used a digital animation and illustration platform called firealpaca to create my work.

What is the inspiration for this current exhibition?
Deep thoughts, questions, and internalized emotions.

What is your process?
I write down what I am thinking, any abstract thought that pops into my mind or any question I’ve been considering. Most importantly, I write the emotions tied to those thoughts, and create a digital illustration based on feelings.

What are your goals after this year?
I intend to continue creating digital works and spreading them.

Mindset

Mindset
2020
Digital Illustration

What is Real?

What is Real?
2020
Digital Illustration

 


 

Forgotten Faces

Forgotten Faces
2020
Digital Illustration

What is Beauty?

What is Beauty?
2020
Digital Illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Julianna Quiñones 

Artist Headshot

MEET YOUR ARTIST

Julianna Quiñones (they/them) is a 21-year-old multimedia experimental artist with interest in collage. They are a senior currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of South Florida. In their personal practice, Quiñones explores the concept of the human condition through abstract representations to uncover human truths.

Artist Statement

This curated selection of works seeks to highlight the relationship between hyper-personal experiences and deeper human truths. In this series of images, there are recurring appearances of the bee and honeycomb. The bee stands as the single individual belonging to the honeycomb, the home to the colony on the whole. All people experience the same set of human truths, which provides a shared sense of belonging. The juxtaposition of human faces with bees serves to build this connection between personal experiences and the human condition overall the space between which the human sense of self lies. The first and final works of the show illustrate this most directly. Further, the bee/colony relationship parallels a collectivist society. The push and pull between individuals and the society on the whole is shown in the structure of the show. This is achieved within each piece directing emphasis to specific points in the image while generalizing the remainder of the work. The works alternate between varying degrees of abstracted portraiture and generalized landscapes to reflect this in the structure of the show. Overall, the show serves to prioritize the forest over the trees; human truths over personal experience. 

What is the inspiration for this current exhibition?
For this current exhibition, I wanted to showcase the overarching feel and voice of my work. I focus largely on design with a degree of abstraction. My work tends to be minimalist, including limited color palettes, to control and direct viewer’s focus. 

What is your process?
My process is typically more concept-driven. When I set out to make a piece, I have an idea of something I want to address and then choose which media will most effectively convey that idea. 

What are your goals after this year?
After this year, I plan on producing artwork to sell as prints/books/zines. I also plan on showcasing my work in more exhibitions. 

 Untitled

Untitled
2019
Screenprint

 Abstracted Landscape

Abstracted Landscape
2019
Digital collage

 

B’s for Brains

B’s for Brains
2019
Digital Collage

Untitled

Untitled
2019
Digital collage

Bee Magritte

Bee Magritte 
2018 
10’’x5.5’’ 
Acrylic paint on mirror